Three South Carolina pitchers combined for the first no-hitter since 1975 in a 14-1 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Albany. The Gamecocks (4-1) used a nine-run fifth inning to provide all the offense it needed but the pitching staff was the story.
Senior Colby Holmes was one of three South Carolina pitchers to combine for a no-hitter against Albany
Senior Colby Holmes took the ball to begin the game and mowed down hitters for six innings. He allowed one walk and struck out three in 80 pitches. Junior Forrest Koumas followed him up giving up three walks with one strikeout in two innings of work. Junior Josh Knab, making his first career appearance in a Gamecocks uniform, got three ground balls to end the game and rewrite the history books.
It was the seventh no-hitter in school history with the last one coming on March 26, 1975 against George Mason by Ray Levigne. It was the second no-hitter in as many days as Tim Lewis threw one the day before against Old Dominion.
The Great Danes (0-4) were able to scratch across the first run of the game, which came in the fourth inning. Holmes issued his only walk to lead off the inning to Nolan Gaige, who moved to third base on a throwing error. He came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Nethaway. The next inning, the South Carolina offense started to string together some hits.
South Carolina exploded offensively in the bottom of the fifth inning to score nine runs and put the game away. The Gamecocks scored two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the following frame for the final margin of victory.
The Gamecocks slugged eight hits, which led to nine runs, in the fifth inning. The home side was helped by three errors and three walks in the innings, which also saw the Great Danes use three pitchers.
Senior Chase Vergason, who started the scoring in the fifth with a solo home run, added a two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give him four RBIs on the day. Senior LB Dantzler belted a three-run home run, which was his second in as many days, in the seventh.
Game 2 of the doubleheader will begin approximately 3:20 p.m.